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Synthetic muscle breakthrough could lead to 'lifelike' robots

A breakthrough in soft robotics means scientists are now one step closer to creating lifelike machines. Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull, bend, and twist (thanks to its use of silicone …

From the edge of the Solar System, Voyager probes are still talking to Australia after 40 years

This month marks 40 years since NASA launched the two Voyager space probes on their mission to explore the outer planets of our Solar System, and …

Astronomy

Now We Know: 'Every Star In The Sky Has At Least 1 Planet'

Time magazine has included three planet-hunters on its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”<p>They are Natalie Batalha of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California; Michael Gillon from the University of Liege in Belgium; and Guillem Anglada-Escude from London’s Queen Mary …

Universe

What It Looks Like When The Planet's Biggest Creature Gets Hungry

"It’s just an amazing sequence of events.”<p>Researchers who captured the rare moment when a blue whale decides to gobble up a patch of krill now hope their drone video will help them better understand the largest animal on Earth.<p>Scientists at Oregon State University observed the feeding off the coast …

Physicists create mind-bending 'negative mass' that accelerates backwards and could help explain black holes

Scientists have created a fluid with "negative mass" which they claim can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos.<p>Washington State University physicists explained that this mass, unlike every physical object in the world we know, accelerates backwards when pushed.<p>The …

Physics

Astronomers Have Officially Found a Candidate For Planet Nine

We're in business.<p>An intense three-day crowdsourced search for an undiscovered planet in our solar system has produced four possible candidates.<p>The …

Our Smallness and the Cosmic Scale: How Big the Universe Is Relative to Us, Animated

A humbling celestial reflection on what enlarges the minuteness of human life with meaning against the vast backdrop of the universe.<p>At the end of the nineteenth century, well before women could vote, a team of female astronomers at the Harvard College Observatory known as the Harvard Computers …

Astrophysics

World's biggest dinosaur footprints found in 'Australia's Jurassic Park'

Scientists have published details of the world's biggest dinosaur footprints found in what has been dubbed "Australia’s Jurassic Park".<p>A team of palaeontologists identified an unprecedented 21 different types of dinosaur tracks, including the only confirmed evidence for stegosaurs in Australia, on …

14 Hard-Hitting Documentaries That Show We Have No Idea About What’s Going On In The World

It’s the easiest thing to turn a blind eye to the ugliness of the world. It’s easy to stay wrapped up in a bubble, unaware of the horrific atrocities …

Airbus took the wraps off its futuristic flying car, and it’s pretty insane

If you rolled your eyes and uttered a cynical “yeah, right” last year when you read about Airbus’s plan for a futuristic flying car, then you’ll be …

Transportation

What Is The Universe's Third Most Common Element?

In the earliest stages of the Universe, it was too hot to form neutral atoms or even atomic nuclei, as they’d immediately be blasted apart by a collision. By time the Universe had expanded and cooled enough that we could form stable nuclei, things were sparse enough that we wound up with 75% …

Astrophysics

In the time you spend on social media each year, you could read 200 books

Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about his secret to success. Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said,<p>Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will…<p>When I first found this quote …

Warren Buffett

Earth’s Magnetic Poles Are Set to Swap Places - And We're Totally Unprepared

When north becomes south.<p>Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field - protecting life from harmful solar radiation by …

Earth Science